Killzone 2 ships 600,000 in NA, first DLC due April

[UPDATE] Sony VP of product marketing Scott Steinberg says Guerrilla Games' shooter has "exceeded our expectations"; first DLC detailed.

Killzone 2 is one of Sony's highest-profile exclusives, so its strong debut last month came as no real surprise. According to industry stat-trackers the NPD Group, Guerrilla Games' long-in-the-making sci-fi shooter sold 323,000 units in the US in just 48 hours following its February 27 release on the PlayStation 3. With NPD expected to release its sales estimates for March next week, Sony has independently confirmed that Killzone 2 has continued to sell well.

Speaking to Game Daily, Sony Computer Entertainment of America vice president of product marketing Scott Steinberg said this week that Killzone 2 sales have "exceeded our expectations," having surpassed the 500,000 unit mark. [UPDATE] GameSpot has since confirmed with Sony that Killzone 2's most-recent sell-through total--meaning copies of the game sold to retailers--stands at 600,000 units in North America only.

"Killzone 2 has been the fastest SCEA PS3 title to break the 500,000 unit mark and it's also the highest selling SCEA PS3 title for the first 30 days out of launch," Steinberg told Game Daily. "So far, we are extremely happy with the results."

To keep that 500,000-strong army interested in the title, Guerrilla Games has also detailed the first batch of downloadable content for the shooter. Speaking to Game Trailers last night, Guerrilla Games managing director Hermen Hulst revealed that the first DLC pack, titled Steel and Titanium, will contain two multiplayer maps. Pricing information was not detailed, but Hulst did confirm that the pack will be available "toward the end of April."

The first map is set aboard the ISA tech cruiser New Sun, and Hulst noted that gameplay will focus on vertically oriented firefights. "You've got multiple decks, so you'll be shot at from walkways upstairs as well as downstairs," he said. The second map takes place aboard two high-speed Helghast freight trains, with gamers tasked with navigating the precarious routes between the two speeding bullets.

"These are two fan favorite settings from single-player that we're bringing over," commented Hulst on the upcoming maps. "However, going forward, you're going to get some proper new features as well." As for those future releases, Hulst teased that the next DLC pack will revive a number of maps from the original Killzone, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004.

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muzza93
muzza93

yes! original Killzone maps!! hope its beachhead and the train station they ROCKED!

mr_winklebottom
mr_winklebottom

Hey guys, winning an argument over the internet is like winning at the special olympics, even if you win, you r still RETARDED

ShadowOfShethis
ShadowOfShethis

lol completely off topic but @GrilledCharlie just completely pwned @retospectre wit that reply rofl

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ retospectre You really don't even try to do the slightest bit of research or use the least amount of effort, do you? You are confusing fanboy tripe with facts. They're not even my opinions, they are literal facts that I prove. Also, I have a job, and a house, and an audi, and a 360, and a PS3. If you would as least click on my profile, you could see that I took the effort to list all the games that I own, which includes PS3 games. You live with your mom, don't you?

retospectre
retospectre

i would read your comments but theyre so full of fan boy tripe i neednt bother. if you cant afford a playstation stop reading up about its games and get a job

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ metalofwardevil I'm only using Gears 2 as an example because retospectre tried to say that the only reason that Gears 2 sold so much better than KZ2 is because there was no competition when Gears 2 came out and KZ2 had intense competition. If you read our little back and forth, you will see a valid argument on my part, and ignorant ramblings on retospectre's part.

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ retospectre There you go again, making claims with no proof. I got my dates from 2 sources: vgchartz.com and wikipedia.com. You are just taking info off the top of your head. As far as your statement, "and your dates are way off. plus most games you mentioned came out on ps3 too so you dissproved yourself. what an idiot." You are obviously not even reading my comments before you respond to them. If you had read my second comment down, you would not have posted another ignorant and ill informed comment. Here's what you can read yourself if you scroll down just a little. "I know that a lot of the games that I mentioned above also came out on PS3, but they had already stopped selling well by the time KZ2 came out."

RiseAgainst12
RiseAgainst12

@ metalofwardevil 1. becuz?? come on now.. you can't honestly be that lazy that you can't fully type a word. 2. I don't see GrilledCharlie crying about Gears 2.. but infact he is telling it how it is. 3.Killzone 1 was released for the ps2... so yeah ofcourse the difference is gonna be massive. Were as gears 1 + 2 were released for the same console, so massive changes weren't to be expected. 4.Killzone 2 will NOT go down as one of the greatest games of all time.. I laugh that you even said that. Yes i can agree that it will be one of the Playstation 3's crowning titles and IS in my opinion.. but compared to other games out there across all platforms it is really nothing special. But honestly i don't get at what your trying to say exactly... and i don't think you do either.

metalofwardevil
metalofwardevil

@ Grilledcharlie will u shutup stop crying about gears 2 i played gears 1 and it really is better becuz gears 2 didnt make much of a diference look at the difference between kz1 and kz2, killzone 2 would definitely go down as one of the the best games of all time , and gears.... not really

RiseAgainst12
RiseAgainst12

@ retrospectre Sorry to tell you.. but Grilledcharlie has you by the nuts there. you lost the arguement atleast go out with abit of dignity.

retospectre
retospectre

and your dates are way off. plus most games you mentioned came out on ps3 too so you dissproved yourself. what an idiot.

retospectre
retospectre

lol. i hate rambling types. still trying to convince yourself. calm down.

ShadowOfShethis
ShadowOfShethis

nooooo i need to have more than 3 birthdays in a day to be able to play it DX and yes grilledcharlie selling it at norm PS3 price at bout £39 they made round £24million if my calculater works lol

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ retospectre Actually, I got all the info from one website (http://vgchartz.com/). So, it took me all of 10 minutes. My dates are 100% accurate. I'm not trying to convince myself, because I already knew these FACTS. I just don't like it when people make incorrect blind comments about either system. The fact that you have no proof in your statements, and the fact that you have no rebuttal to my last comment just proves that you just initially made an ignorant and incorrect statement. I obviously proved you wrong, and me right that Gears 2 sold well with major competition, while KZ2 sold only mediocre with almost no competition.

retospectre
retospectre

lol. your dates are wrong but the fact you made so much research is funny. trying to convince yourself more than anything it seems.

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ retospectre Gears 2 did well because Xbox owners had nothing else to buy at the end of 08? Really? Gears 2 came out 11/07/08, and sold 3.46 million copies in its first 6 weeks. COD:WAW came out 11/10/08, and has sold 5.29 million copies on 360. Left 4 Dead came out 11/17/08, and sold 2.08 million copies. Fable 2 came out 11/17/08, and sold 2.69 million copies. Fallout 3 came out 10/28/08, and sold 2.27 million copies. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed came out 09/16/08, and sold 1.67 million copies. Rock Band 2 came out 09/14/08, and sold 1.56 million copies. Saints Row 2 came out 10/14/08, and sold 1.31 million copies. Mortal Kombat vs DC came out 11/16/08, and sold 960,000 copies. All of these games were released within 2 months of Gears 2. No competition? KZ2 came out 02/27/09, and has sold 1.39 million in its first 6 weeks, compared to Gears 2 in its first 6 weeks (3.46 million). I know that a lot of the games that I mentioned above also came out on PS3, but they had already stopped selling well by the time KZ2 came out. You can't say that Little Big Planet was competition, because it came out almost 6 months before KZ2. Same thing with Resistance 2. RE5 came out 03/13/09, and sold 1.69 million copies on PS3. SF4 came out 02/17/09, and has sold 1 million copies. Those are the only 2 games that sold decently well on PS3 that came out within 2 months of KZ2. So you tell me which one had more competition.

retospectre
retospectre

@GrilledCharlie i wasnt talking graphically i was talking about how good the game is. check the ratings. gears 1 got 9.6. gears 2 got 9. and the reason it got more sales is cause xbox owners had nothing else to buy. ps3 however had competition from lbp, resistance 2 etc. and yes i own both systems.

tony_stark09
tony_stark09

Sweet..I hope they bring back a lot of levels from Killzone 1, Maybe they can add some more ranks and unlocks too!! That would bring more exciting gameplay to an already near perfect gaming experience..

xElite_GameRx
xElite_GameRx

it has everything you could ever want in an FPS, except co-op and vehicles, but who wants those features anyway......

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Killzone2 for all of the right reasons has made its mark on the gaming world.

aaronobst
aaronobst

Man I'm hoping these numbers double not that they are bad numbers

RonnyRarko
RonnyRarko

YES!!! i hope they bring back the train station level from KZ1 that was one of my fave levels of all time

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ retospectre Look, I own both systems, and I played through Gear 2 and KZ2. Of course KZ2 went forward, KZ1 was on PS2. so they had no choice but to go forward. Gears 2 was definitely more epic and looked better than Gears 1, so they didn't go backwards. Also, try to add a little proof to your raving. "only x box fan boys like that game cause its all they have." Really? So, KZ2 sold 713,000 worldwide in its first week on sale, and stayed above 100,000 worldwide weekly sales for 3 weeks. Somehow, those xbox fanboys bought Gears 2 to the tune of 1.89 million in its first week, and it managed to stay above 100,000 worldwide weekly sales for 9 weeks. There must be a lot of those xbox fanboys.

KingsterX
KingsterX

The moment I baught this game, I knew its gonna be the best FPS in 2009 and I guess a lot of people thaught the same.

retospectre
retospectre

it sold 600 000 in north America alone you idiots. and yes gears 2 sucks.only x box fan boys like that game cause its all they have. i chose not to bother even finishing the game cause it was so boring. gears 1 is so much better. games shouldn't go backwards. killzone shows how to move forwards and is great. cant wait for the next one.

Jamin_Macartney
Jamin_Macartney

damn i hope this is going to be a free DLC because my parents won't give me anymore money to buy games/add-ons.

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ siefier25 You make a good point. However, KZ2 has had a huge amount of hype and anticipation attached to it ever since that infamous E3 trailer. Not only that, but with the falling PS3 sales, it was supposed to be a system seller. Ever since MGS4 barely bumped sales for Sony, KZ2 was hyped to be the next system savior. Regardless of KZ1 being a B title, KZ2 IS a AAA title that is not selling like one, and it is definitely not selling PS3's either. Sony's exclusives have to sell better for the PS3 to break out of that number 3 spot.

siefier25
siefier25

To GrilledCharlie 600,000 is actually quite a bit for a sequel to a game that sucked ass in all its glory. Infact, the producer of the game said on GT that they didn't expect KZ2 to do well at all due to the lackluster sales of its PS2 counterpart. 600,000 in its first month is really good. Considering no game in the history of gaming has made its B title franchise into a AAA one

leadlefthand
leadlefthand

-- bud0374 Posted Apr 14, 2009 9:23 pm GMT If im not wrong the ps3 has a shelf life of 10 more years. Ill be playing my 720 with HD 3D graphics in 3-4 years. -- Didn't GT5 and Motorstorm 2 demo 3D versions of their game a few months back? It's not yet perfect but they proved that the PS3 already has that capability. It's too bad that you have to wait 3-4 years along with a new console just to have that technology. Which means you're actually going to be spending more in the process. What's funny is that you find nothing wrong with that. When the time comes, I'll only be worrying about purchasing a new HDTV set that can accomodate 3D graphics while you will be spending for the TV set plus the new console. You can rip the PS3 all you like. But it doesn't change the fact that it's great value for money because it was specifically built to last 10 years (without becoming obsolete).

Amster_G
Amster_G

"Hulst teased that the next DLC pack will revive a number of maps from the original Killzone, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004." Oooo, snow level??? :D

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ blargamuss56 It is one of the few good exclusive shooters, but 600,000 is not considered selling well when compared to other AAA titles. @ ShadowOfShethis I didn't understand half of what you were talking about. 64 player WWII mapxD? Are you talking about KZ2? Selling 600,000 copies is bout 25mil? What does that even mean?

ShadowOfShethis
ShadowOfShethis

right so you xbox idiots who go on ps3 comments cause your sad then say the ps3 is crap and so is killzone 2 then you get ripped to shreds and complain bout it. WHAT IS THE POINT! now on topic:P killzone 2 looks amazin lol only got the demo but its hooked me enough that i've played it a million times though the same lvlXD hope they carry on wit the good stuff an make a amp pack with like a huge 64 player WWII mapxD btw slling 600,000 copies is bout 25mil

blargamuss56
blargamuss56

Its one of the few GOOD exclusive shooters for the PS3. Of course its going to sell well

phantom1593
phantom1593

ok... now i dont want to see the word (not exactly words, initials would be better but nvm) Xbox360 and PS3.... god damn it, its not a forum but still, stop going OFF-TOPIC!!! talk about killzone2 and stop with this fanboy stuff.... both consoles are great in their own way and thats it!....

bud0374
bud0374

If im not wrong the ps3 has a shelf life of 10 more years. Ill be playing my 720 with HD 3D graphics in 3-4 years.

Buff-Boy
Buff-Boy

Seems any game information or discussion turns into a console war. With that being said, as an owner of all consoles, I think Killzone 2 ranks up as one of my favs of all time and I do find myself enjoying and turning to my PS3 more and more all the time for games, movies, music, etc. I turn to it 4 times as often and I did just a year ago. Within another year or so, I can see me using it more than my 360. Time will tell.

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ ali-009 Did you really just boast about PS Home? I've been on Home twice, and I had to wait in line to bowl. C'mon, I just wanted to bowl. Then I went into the movie theater to watch a special on new things coming to home, and it had the production value of a high school video production class. I did pull off some pretty sweet dance moves though. Home is ridiculously useless.

bud0374
bud0374

Hey deedaw plug in your headset so I can see if your a girl... OH THAT'S RIGHT... MY BAD!I GUESS I CAN YELL BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HEAR ME! FYI I never mentioned Halo.

deedaw
deedaw

hey bud0374, go do something useful with your time. and Halo sold millions because imo it's the WoW of FPS's..... and a MLG game, so you'd expect to see a lot of no life players buy it, To stay on topic, I'm really stoked about new maps... even though I haven't been playing lately it'll get me back on the game definately. I'm not sure how excited I am about paying for it though...

bud0374
bud0374

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bud0374
bud0374

Hey nik hasri you can have 2 million exclusives, but it doesnt matter if they dont sell.

bud0374
bud0374

Hey mob s. To call gears garbage means A -you suck at the game, or B you have a ps3. P.S. how well does that headset work for killzone... oh thats right YOU DONT HAVE ONE! Oh dont worry metal gear WILL come out for the 360. Its called supply and demand. Enjoy the new god of war. Thats all you got left...for now

ihaveabu
ihaveabu

lol halo sold how many million in the first 48 hrs?? not that i'm bashing this game. all that hype, and only 600,000 sold?

MrSteph27
MrSteph27

I'm not a fan of FPS games. Since I got this game I can not put down. Now with the 2 new maps coming I'm going to live online on this game... Death to the 360! LoL

mackey12345
mackey12345

@ Ali, Wow... Boast for the PS3 much? Killzone 2 looks like a Rad game, I don't have much against it, I would like to buy a PS3, but I won't get much mileage out of it due to a lack of an HDTv, and 2 games on it I would like.

ali-009
ali-009

ps3 is one of the best systems ever made,this game proves it,HD blu-ray discs,web browser,ps home,remote play,and awsome graphics and some very great games that can only be great on ps3 thanks to sixaxs motion controlls,take a look at flower or warhawk,and xbox 360 is still using DVD's that can easly be hacked and copied,and the xbox controller doesn't use motion like wii and ps3,and why somebody thinks to buy ps3,here in U.A.E,most of people like ps3,but others buy xbox for copied and hacked DVD's that are cheaper than the orignal version that costs 60$,but hacked version can be like 4.5$,but all my friends like ps3 more,so i will always buy ps3.

djayshaggy
djayshaggy

I find it funny how, in your defence of Killzone, you call Gears of War "not innovative" I love this game as much as anyone else, but lets not give it more credit than it deserves. 600,000 in a month is not a high sales figure. Not when so many games have sold so much more in a week. Killzone is in no way innovative. And the graphics are more a testament to the art team than the technical team. The art team did a great job in fooling us into believing that the graphics were better than they really are.

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ MOBS Every time you post a comment, you make PS3 fans seem ignorant and hateful. Calling Gears 2 garbage is just as bad as calling KZ2 garbage. They're both great games.